• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1008.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S5100 advantages over Canon SX420 IS

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.7 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 85 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    115g vs 325g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX420 IS advantages over Nikon S5100

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,008 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    2 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S640

Nikon S5100
Nikon S640
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon SX420 IS
Nikon S640
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $250
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Nikon S570

Nikon S5100
Nikon S570
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
Canon SX420 IS
Nikon S570
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Olympus VG-120

Nikon S5100
Olympus VG-120
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Canon SX420 IS
Olympus VG-120
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $121
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Canon SX400 IS

Nikon S5100
Canon SX400 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX400 IS
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon SX410 IS

Nikon S5100
Canon SX410 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX410 IS
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
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